rob okorn ([email protected])
Sun, 12 Jul 1998 23:30:24 PDT
I guess with the influx of cutting edge video styles with skewed angles
and such, there's the desensitization factor in that a barebones
delivery today would be monotonous to the desensitized masses who view a
movie like David Fincher's 'Seven' as a walk in the park.
U2 had to embrace the visuals as well as promote the cutting edge theme
or else they would be viewed as old hat or dinosaur retreads. The
Rattle and Hum backlash was nothing compared to the popmart backlash in
the US. The vast majority of the 80's U2 fans abandoned them but the
younger generation replaced them, seemingly enamoured with U2's 'new
direction.' The tickets were sold prior to the album release and the
lottery ticket system basically was too enticing for alot of people who
surrendered to the hype based on the double whammy effect.
Another key point is the 5 year wait stateside between the 92 and 97
tour as well as the packaging of it as an 'event'. The long 5 year
hiatus and hype legitimized the price. Now it's only a little over half
a year since the last US show, even if they tour one year from today in
the US, the high ticket price will be a much harder sell.
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